1.75 lb. Hudson Bay axe head outfitted with an 18" curved hickory handle and furnished with a sheath. One-handed camp axe. Used for light splitting, chopping, driving tent pegs, etc. The pattern is thought to have originated from "Biscayan" in Northern Spain, near France. French traders used this hand axe as a trade tool in their dealings with Native American for fur and other commodities in the Hudson Bay area, St. Lawrence River and other trade routes.
* Forged tool steel head. Made in USA.
* Hand sharpened, tapered bit for cutting and light splitting.
*ANSI Standards call for bit hardness of Rc 45-60, at least ½ inch back from the cutting edge. Council Tool internal standards call for tempered bit hardness of Rc 48-55 and we target 1-1/4 inches from the cutting edge. The poll and eye walls are not hardened and remain in the as forged condition.
* Head coated with black enamel and the cutting edge in clear lacquer to deter rust.
* 18" American hickory handle. Eye section is dried to below 10% moisture content to minimize shrinkage and help prevent loosening.
* Axe head is hydraulically seated onto handle and secured with a serrated aluminum wedge. The serrated shape improves bite and the aluminum choice of material is strong, lightweight, and does not change size with moisture content.
* The interior detail of the eye is tapered and allows for a strong mechanical bond. Approximately 1/2"-1" of overall length of the handle is removed during assembly making to overall length of the tool around 17"
* Durable sheath with snap and belt slit is included.
Customer comments about the 175HBS18:
"I did want to let you know that I am extremely pleased with both the axe and the combi-tool. The quality certainly lived up to my expectations. The axe has a great feel and balance. The combi-tool is well designed and rugged. Please thank your workers for putting so much care into producing such quality products."